Tuesday, July 17, 2012
Parent to Parent: Plant A Fish
He's the grandson of world renowned ocean explorer Jacques Cousteau. Now he's taking his mission to South Florida getting students to help preserve our planet. 7s Lynn Martinez shows us in tonight's Parent to Parent.
The name Jacques Cousteau instantly brings thoughts of our precious oceans.
Fabien Cousteau: "They look great, look at this."
Following in his famous grandfather's footsteps, Fabien Cousteau says his love of the sea started at an early age.
Fabien Cousteau: "I've been diving since my 4th birthday, and since then I've been impassioned by the oceans."
Now this explorer is bringing his passion for the planet to South Florida with his non-profit organization called Plant-a-Fish.
Fabien Cousteau: "With Plant a Fish the initiatives are all geared towards educating and engaging those local communities to doing aquatic restoration in their own backyard."
Students from local schools are coming out to John U Lloyd State Sark to plant and help preserve the mangroves, a prime feeding and breeding ground for fish.
Julia Sheffer: "It's fun to come out with your friends and you feel good about helping the environment and it's in our local community."
Julia Sheffer from South Plantation High says Fabien is an inspiration to the younger generations when it comes to sustaining our sea life.
Julia Sheffer: "I've learned a lot about mangrove restoration as well as coral reef restoration, and endangered species and habitats."
Fabien says this grass-roots project is so important because young people know they are making a difference.
Fabien Cousteau: "Even if it's the simple act of planting a mangrove, they really understand the importance of that."
And planting one little mangrove can yield big benefits for the future.
Fabien Cousteau: "Just like coral reefs are the rain forests of the sea, mangroves are the nurseries."
His mission doesn't end here, Fabien also started a sea turtle restoration program in El Salvador.
Fabien Cousteau: "We've been able to release over 230,000 endangered baby sea turtles."
Julia encourages other students to get their hands in the sand and become a part of something that will affect generations to come.
Julia Sheffer: "Will be something to tell my kids and hopefully they will want to do the same thing."
Lunn Martinez: "Any school or person can get involved."
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